Friday Firsts : Darien: Empire of Salt (Empire of Salt #1) by C.F. Iggulden

Friday Firsts
 is a new meme that runs every Friday over on Tenacious Reader. The idea is to feature the first few sentences/paragraph of your current book and try and outline your first impressions as a result. This is a quick and easy way to share a snippet of information about your current read and to perhaps tempt others.  Stop on by and link up with Tenacious Reader.    This Friday I’m reading : Darien: Empire of Salt (Empire of Salt #1) by C.F. Iggulden.

darien‘He was a hunter, Elias Post, a good one.  The village elders spoke of his skills with enormous pride, as if they owned some part of his talents.  The people of Wyburn looked to him to bring them meat, even in the darkest months of winter when other places lost their old and young.

The land around them was exhausted, though they still worked it hard, forcing some small crop from each scrub field, guarding slow-growing things from crows and ravenous pigeons.  Sheep still roamed the bare hills.  Doves pecked and glared in their boxes.  Bees drowsed in lines of hives.  It might have been enough to feed them all if some of the woods had not been burned and sown to grow oilseed for the city, earning silver over food.  Elias did not know the rights and wrongs of those choices.  When the grain store was down to a crust of years past, when the warrens were trapped out and empty, thin-fingered hunger crept into the village, peering in at old men as they rocked by the fire.’

My First Impressions

I think this gets off to a very promising start, I would like to know more about Elias and also about the village and whether they survived that winter of hunger.

What you reading this Friday??  What are your first impressions??

*The above excerpt was taken from an advanced reader copy and it is possible that the final version may have further changes.